Masterpieces: Old Masters at Corsham
PUBLISHED: 11:33 06 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:30 20 February 2013
Just behind Corsham's bustling high street is a stately home with an extraordinary art collection, as Kate Fleming discovered
Just behind Corshams bustling high street is a stately home with an extraordinary art collection, as Kate Fleming discovered
Corsham Court has some very grand associations, which read like a Whos Who of English landscape and interior design excellence. The surrounding parkland was laid out by Capability Brown and Humphry Repton, and the 18th-century furniture includes pieces by Robert Adams and Thomas Chippendale. But it is what is hanging on the walls that simply takes your breath away.
The historic collection of Old Master paintings adorn the stateroom walls, and include works of immense importance and significance by Flemish, Italian and English artists. From religious symbolism to the exquisite detail and realism of still lifes, from vast landscapes to intimate portraits of children and their pets, there is much to see and enjoy here, and when you emerge outside, you can enjoy the peace and beauty of the superb gardens broken only by the calls of the peacocks who strut across the manicured lawns.
Home of the Methuen family, Corsham Court is based on an Elizabethan house dating from 1582. It was bought in the mid-18th century to display Sir Paul Methuens collection of 16th- and 17th-century Old Master paintings, and this was added to in the mid-19th century. The house is glorious and was used as a film location for The Remains of the Day and Tess of the dUrbevilles.
Corsham Court, Corsham SN13 0BZ, is open daily (except Mon and Fri), 2pm-5.30pm. www.corsham-court.co.uk
The historic collection of Old Master paintings adorn the stateroom walls, and include works of immense importance and significance